Our First Town Shooting, Part Two
2019-01-11, 5:50 p.m.
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I woke up that morning to find out the following:
(a) The cop had died.
Jamie drove me back to my house and I changed clothes for the day and then she dropped me off at work. My coworkers were all similarly freaked out (one said that she hadn’t gotten the notification until MIDNIGHT where she lived) and we were kind of unnerved when one came in late, though it turned out she was just having car and water issues at her house. She doesn’t live here anyway so it’s not like we thought she was shot or anything, but it was still worrisome. She is also new here (previously working in Oakland) and she was all, “yeah, we had lockdowns like, every other day over there.” She previously worked at a school that my parents wanted me to attend, and I probably would have been more into it except for about two reasons, one of them being “it’s in Oakland.” Justified, y’all.
Anyway, my old/new team all made sure we had each other’s phone numbers in the event of emergency these days. And we talked about how we really need to have bulletproof glass in our office and that whoever is up at the counter is going to die first, no question. “I just hope that someone tells my kids that I loved them,” the primary front desk person said.
And then well, we spent a lot of time reading the Internet before the onslaught of people came in, trying to find out what had gone on. (Amazingly, we didn’t get any phone calls complaining about shooters or the WarnMe not working. Usually if any cop-related incident happens we get calls for it even though uh, we are not at all the police or even police-adjacent.) I heard a lot of rumors about what happened and it turns out that they were pretty much true in the end. Though I did see some goddamned idiot comments online about people blaming this on immigration. With a white guy shooter. WTF.
As far as I have been able to ascertain, here is what went down:
(a) A 3-car accident happened and the cop, who was a rookie cop, arrived on the scene and was taking a guy’s ID when...
I know I never met her but I feel like I saw him around town because his ah...crazy eyed photo (sorry, I have to say it) looks familiar to me. One of those downtown dudes you avoid when you see him on the street, just in case.